Year of release: 2006
Director: Sofia Coppola
Writers: Sofia Coppola, Antonia Fraser (book)
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, etc.
A hundred times better than Sofia Coppola’s higher rated “Lost in Translation” (which I did not like), I loved “Marie Antoinette”. It turns a lifeless historical figure into a real, more comprehensible person, and it does so with exquisite femininity and artfulness. This movie speaks a modern language to explain times long gone and flat history book characters. Its colors are bright, the music seemingly misplaced in time, but, with subtlety and expressiveness, “Marie Antoinette” shows the inner and outer life of the young woman underneath the royal front. A young woman who has means of all kinds at her disposal, but, like any young woman no matter the century, also has emotions, sensuality, sorrow, passion, thirst for life – a heart.
This is one of those magnificent movies in which you can sense a beautiful piece of the director’s soul. It also looks awesome, but, far from being just a visual treat, it is full of poetry, and speaks of deeper issues – quietly. Kirsten Dunst is enchanting in her role.
I don’t think everyone can resonate with this vision, and some may get caught in the colors, costumes and their preconceptions, not being able to fully grasp the feel and the ideas of this movie.
Would I see it again? – Yes. I’ve seen it twice, yet I would watch it again.
My Rating (1 to 10): 9.5
Read more about Queen Marie Antoinette on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Antoinette.